The earthquake that rumbled across the central North Island just before 11am this morning was originally recorded as a 5.4 magnitide event but is now upgraded to 5.9.
Geonet has now revised the reading. It was recorded at a depth of 207km and was felt as far south as Christchurch.
It is unclear at this stage whether it caused damage or injuries. However, Ruapehu District Council says there have been no reports of damage so far.
The Geonet website reported more than 25,000 people had felt it.
A decent shake just now felt across the North Island and upper South Island, with a M5.9 earthquake occurring 210 kilometres below the King Country. We have received over 25,000 felt reports. For more about this earthquake: https://t.co/wsgI5Tls32 pic.twitter.com/O1nCKF5Kv8— GeoNet (@geonet) October 21, 2021
it went on AGES! Over 30 seconds. Could tell from fish tanks sloshing & clothes swaying on rack. Also, ME moving with chair.— Unity McUnionFace (@Jenoli42) October 21, 2021
Felt long in Palmy too. Def that weird rolling sensation similar to the Kaikoura quake. So unsettling.— Dr Tracy Morison (@TracyMorison) October 21, 2021
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